We've been hearing about the rise in crime lately in the news. Our Minnesota data show that violent crime rose sharply from 2020 to 2021. Changes in other crime rates weren't so pronounced.
Public policy can truly make a difference. Find out how the Affordable Care Act led to a decline in uninsured rates (and what happened when that policy was changed).
Back to school: Four facts about Minnesota’s public school enrollment
As Minnesota children head back to school in the fall, school leaders will be facing a number of challenges, from staffing shortages, to managing learning loss following remote learning, to handling the ongoing health risks of the pandemic. But several of the challenges facing traditional public schools, in particular, pre-date the pandemic. IT Analyst Megan Chmielewski explains.
Differential privacy: Do the data really reflect who we are?
In the interest of confidentiality, the Census Bureau announced a new policy of releasing only “differentially private” data from the 2020 Census. This means that they are intentionally adding errors into most estimates below the state level. Allison Liuzzi tells us how this may have negative impacts on the reliability of estimates, especially for small geographies, racial/ethnic groups, and more.
32-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
This July marks 32 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Research Manager Allison Liuzzi shares a few things we can learn about Minnesotans with disabilities from Minnesota Compass data.
How different am I from my neighbors?
What is the probability two people selected at random would be from different racial and ethnic groups? Research Scientist Justin Hollis describes what a diversity index is, and compares diversity in Minnesota's counties.
7 things to know about Minnesota's older adults
May is Older Americans Month, and IT Analyst Megan Chmielewski shares 7 things to know about Minnesota's older adults with Minnesota Compass readers.
Three quick facts about Minnesota’s volunteers
April is National Volunteer Month. We know that Minnesota is home to many residents who give back to their communities in lots of different ways. Here are some quick facts about Minnesota’s volunteers.
Slow down! A look at increased traffic fatalities during the COVID-19 pandemic
One concerning and surprising trend during the COVID-19 pandemic has been an increase in deaths from motor vehicle crashes. Minnesota Compass took a look at traffic fatality trends in Minnesota before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.